Structural analysis of in silico mutant experiments of human inner- kinetochore structure

R Henze and J Huwald and N Mostajo and P Dittrich and B Ibrahim, BIOSYSTEMS, 127, 47-59 (2015).

DOI: 10.1016/j.biosystems.2014.11.004

Large multi-molecular complexes like the kinetochore are lacking of suitable methods to determine their spatial structure. Here, we use and evaluate a novel modeling approach that combines rule-bases reaction network models with spatial molecular geometries. In particular, we introduce a method that allows to study in silica the influence of single interactions (e.g. bonds) on the spatial organization of large multi-molecular complexes and apply this method to an extended model of the human inner-kinetochore. Our computational analysis method encompasses determination of bond frequency, geometrical distances, statistical moments, and inter-dependencies between bonds using mutual information. For the analysis we have extend our previously reported human inner-kinetochore model by adding 13 new protein interactions and three protein geometry details. The model is validated by comparing the results of in silica with reported in vitro single protein deletion experiments. Our studies revealed that most simulations mimic the in vitro behavior of the kinetochore complex as expected. To identify the most important bonds in this model, we have created 39 mutants in silica by selectively disabling single protein interactions. In a total of 11,800 simulation runs we have compared the resulting structures to the wild-type. In particular, this allowed us to identify the interaction Cenp-W-H3 and Cenp-S-Cenp-X as having the strongest influence on the inner-kinetochore's structure. We conclude that our approach can become a useful tool for the in silico dynamical study of large, multi- molecular complexes. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

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